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For Immediate Release: February 28, 2007 The Downtown Springfield Community Improvement District announced today that registered voters who live in the district have approved its quarter-cent sales tax initiative. “Many people have put in a lot of work to make our Downtown a vibrant and inviting place. I am pleased that our CID has been extended for 10 years by property owners and residents,” commented CID President Jeff Schrag. Greene County Clerk Richard Struckhoff reported the final results were 45 in favor (86.5%) to 7 against (13.5%). The 52 official mail-ballot votes represented a 17.1% response rate for the 303 registered voters residing in the district. The maximum rate of one-quarter percent (1/4%) will be for a maximum of ten (10) years for the purpose of funding the following services — maintenance, parking and image enhancement. The sales tax is estimated to raise approximately $100,000 per year. Other funding sources include a property assessment and voluntary contributions from governmental and non-profit organizations. The annual operating budget of the CID is estimated to be $260,000 for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. The sales tax is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2007 and will be collected by merchants, restaurants, and other businesses currently charging sales taxes in the CID district. It will generate 25 cents on each $100 purchase of goods and services. The CID was originated in 1999 and was renewed by property owners last fall for another ten years. The boundaries of the district are approximately Kimbrough Avenue on the east, Elm Street on the south, Main Avenue on the west, and Mill Street on the north. Contact Rusty Worley at 417.831.6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the [www.itsalldowntown.com/CID](http://www.itsalldowntown.com/CID) website for additional information.